Artistic and Teaching Opportunities

Staff members with backgrounds in art, theater, and dance have opportunities to assist faculty and students in those program areas, as well as explore their own artistic growth through individual studio time and/or participation in staff groups (such as staff dance ensemble, theater improvisation, etc.).  Staff members who qualify may also teach or assist with minor classes in art, drama, jazz studies, world music, creative writing, or nature studies with Blue Lake's junior or central camp students.

Staff Performance & Teaching Positions Available

All musical staff applicants must submit a video audition in order to be considered for a performing or teaching assignment. Following is a list of performing opportunities typically available to staff members.* Placement is based on audition and positions available.

*As part of our response to operational guidelines relating to COVID-19, Blue Lake is currently unable to offer large ensembles for faculty and staff, and is focusing on chamber music opportunities. If restrictions ease prior to the start of camp, larger ensembles may be added. For more information on Blue Lake’s 2021 adjustments relating to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, visit COVID-Careful Planning.

Festival Band or Orchestra - comprised of professional musicians, music educators, and select staff, these ensembles perform regularly throughout the Summer Arts Festival and rehearse on a daily basis during performance weeks.

Staff Symphonic Band - comprised of graduate and undergraduate music majors, minors, and other staff members who qualify, this ensemble performs four times during the summer season and rehearses five times per two-week session.

Faculty Jazz Ensemble - comprised primarily of professional jazz musicians and educators, this ensemble performs several times throughout Blue Lake's Jazz Festival. Staff positions are based on instrumentation needs and are extremely limited.

Staff Jazz Ensemble - comprised of graduate and undergraduate music majors, minors, and other staff who qualify, this ensemble will rehearse regularly throughout the summer and will perform as a part of Blue Lake's jazz festival, as well as other performances.

Staff Choir - comprised of music majors, minors, and other staff with interest, this ensemble will rehearse regularly throughout the summer and will perform regularly in chapel services and staff recitals.

Staff Chamber Ensembles (vocal ensemble, brass quintet, string quartet, woodwind quintet, etc.) - comprised of staff members who qualify, these groups receive regular coaching from faculty.  They rehearse regularly throughout the summer and may audition to perform in the Staff Recital and/or Showcase.  Select ensembles may also be requested to perform for junior campers, throughout Blue Lake's Summer Arts Festival, and during chapel services.

Staff Solo Competition - Instrumentalists and vocalists are given the opportunity to audition for Blue Lake's staff solo competition during the beginning of the summer.  The selected winner will solo during a staff recital for the camp community, and will receive a professional recording session at Blue Lake Public Radio.

Sectional and Technique Teacher at Junior Camp (Camp Bernstein) -  Teach daily sectional/technique classes to Junior Camp students, working with conducting staff to emphasize basic techniques, repertoire, and motivation.  Candidates for these limited positions are typically instrumental music education majors in their later, more advanced years of study.  Teaching or student teaching experience, and/or music degree preferred. 

Camp Bernstein Cabin Counselors are involved with students' instruction as well as recreation and basic camp supervision in order to advocate a close relationship of student to teacher. Counselors and conductors both help to promote a friendly and fun atmosphere for learning about music and the other fine arts.

Recorded Audition Preparation

A video audition is required for Blue Lake staff candidates who wish to participate in ensembles or teach at the Junior Camp.  It is in your interest as an applicant to submit your audition at the time you submit your completed staff application.  If it is necessary to submit your videos separately, we strongly recommend that they be submitted as soon as possible. While we can speak in general terms about employment and performance/teaching opportunities without your audition, applicants cannot be considered for specific positions until materials are complete, including the audition and three recommendations.  For details on audition requirements and audition video submissions, visit